By Brad Mosher
Bowman County faced off against one of the best cross country teams in the state when the Bulldogs held their cross country invitational Thursday (Aug. 29) at the Sweetwater Lake Golf Course.
The visiting Williston Coyotes dominated the boys varsity race, placin all five scoring runners in the first eight finishers on the way to an easy 21-point win.
Senior Micade Shumway pulled away in the final portion of the race to claim the win with a time of 16:37.71, beating out his freshman Williston teammate, Frynn Krenz, by nine seconds (16:46.06), and Noah Rolfe of Stanley (16:50.87).
The Bulldogs took second in the team scoring (54 points) with junior Brian Miller placing fourth overall with a time of 17:02.48 for the 5-kilometer course.
Montana’s Dawson County team placed third in the team race with a total of 86 points, while Stanley was fourth with 109 points.
Rolfe, Miller and Ian Busche of Beulah (5th, 17:05.66) were the only non-Williston runners to finish in the top 10.
Killdeer sophomore Owen Duttenhefner placed 11th overall with a time of 18:01.50, finishing just ahead of a pair of Bulldogs – Camden Wokal and Caleb Sarsland.
While Killder had only one other runner in the race (Nathan Sadowsky – 36th, 21:01.23), the hosts were able to put five scorers in the top 21 finishers.
In addition to Wokal (12th, 18:14.04) and Sarsland (13th, 18:35.07), the Bulldogs had Samuel Rodakowski (15th, 18:47.02) and freshman Austin Wanner (21st, 19:15.60) to fill out the top five finishers. Sophomore Jaxson Hansey was right behind, placing 22nd with a time of 19:20.85.
New England’s top finisher was junior Waylon Kathrein at 24th with a time of 19:25.21, while the Tigers also had freshman Justin Kathrein placing 45th with a time of 21:41.35.
Hettinger-Scranton’s Mitchell Dalley was the only Night Hawk runner in the race, placing 33rd with a time 20:43.56.
Williston wins girls race
Williston made it two wins in two tries when the visiting Coyotes beat Watford City by a 27 to 33 point margin in the girls varsity race at Sweetwater Golf Course.
Sophomore Eleni Lovegren got Williston off to a good start with a 19:08.93 win.
Watford City had Hayley Ogle (19:21.15) and Jaelyn Ogle (19:43.53) take second and third in the race.
Watford City put three runners ahead of Williston’s second finisher to have an early advantage in team scoring, but the Coyotes put fiver runners ahead of the fourth finisher from Watford City to pull out the narrow win.
Cowboys find experience
For Killdeer, the focus was on giving the younger members of the team a chance to learn in the junior varsity races. In the varsity races, just three Cowboys ran.
In the boys’ race, Duttenhefner placed 11th and Sadowsky took 36th, while Danielle Dobitz was 18th in the girls varsity race.
“We also had some kids a little banged up so we only ran the 5K with the more experienced and stronger ones,” said coach Nathan Horgeshimer.
“In the varsity race, Owen showed he was ahead of where he was last year. The other two kids in the varsity races got off to a good start for the year.”
He came away impressed with how his junior varsity performed at the invitational, where they ran a 3-kilometer course.
“The new ones did exceptionally well. I was very happy with them. Those first three (freshman Isaac Jaggi, eighth-grader Ethan Hendrickson and seventh-grader Jekori Dahlen) did outstanding.
“Abby (Harderson) ran a great race in the JV girls. She is a seventh grader and did really well (finishing eighth in 13:36.25).
“Abby and Autumn (Arndt), our two little seventh-grade girls in the JV race got out hard and did well with a good finish, so I was happy with how they ran,” Horgeshimer added.
New England “awesome”
The New England Tigers were “awesome,” according to coach Ashly Kraenzel.
“The kids are doing exactly what they need to be doing,” she explained after the invitational was over. We are learning. We are fighting through inexperience and learning how to run a course – how not to go out too hard in the first hundred meters.
“It was a good day. I can’t complain. We are only going to get better. It is going to be fun to watch them learn what they are doing.
“Messa Keuhl stood out. I wasn’t sure where she was going to be. She is a junior high girl. She’s done really, really well. She finished in the top 10 (10th,13:43.88),” the coach said.
She was also impressed with a foreign exchange student (Tulga Tsuoshi) who was competing for the first time in the junior varsity race. “He ran exceptionally well (fifth, 11:48.03).”
In the boys varsity race, Waylon Kathrein placed 24th. “He was battling shin splints all (track) season, so it was good to see him come out here and run a good race when he’s healthy.”
In the girls junior varsity race, sophomore Hennessie Clevenger finished 55th.
For the Night Hawks, there was just one runner in the varsity race, junior Mitchell Dalley, who was 33rd overall.
It was the same in the girls varsity race with Sidra Sadowsky taking sixth overall.
In the junor varsity boys race, Hettinger-Scranton had three runners (Trevor Daley, Riley Hasbrouck and Kyler Schalesky), all seventh graders who placed 31, 37 and 42 in the field of 61 runners.
The Hettinger-Scranton junior varsity girls placed third as a team with 100 points, beating Dickinson (111), Stanley (114) and Killdeer (132).
Williston won the team race with 29 points, while Bowman County was second with 55 points.
Sophomore Cassie Kindsfater was the top finisher for Hettinger-Scranton, placing ninth overall with a time of 13:40.57.
Seventh-grader Kelly Schauer was next, taking 16th place with a time 14:09.31, while Sienna Burwick was the 21st to finish (14:20.10).
Sidra Sadowsky was the 28th to cross the finish line (14:41.02), while Sam Salazar (51st, 16:37.63) and Julia Daley (52nd, 16:40.45) came in to complete the team scoring.